Vermont man guilty of lying about role in Bosnian war crimes

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Posted: Jan 23, 2015 3:51 PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man accused of committing war crimes in his native Bosnia 21 years ago has been convicted of lying to U.S. immigration authorities when he applied for U.S. citizenship.

The jury returned the verdict Friday against 55-year-old Edin Sakoc (EHD'-een SAH'-kohch) after about 12 hours of deliberations.

Sakoc faces possible loss of his U.S. citizenship and deportation.

In closing arguments Thursday, federal prosecutors said Sakoc lied when he denied being involved in war crimes against a Bosnian Serb family in the summer of 1992 during the Bosnian civil war.

He is accused of raping a woman and aiding in the killings of two elderly women.

Defense attorneys say the witnesses' stories were inconsistent, and another person committed the crimes.

Sakoc came to the United States in 2001.